Now that the epic saga of Ash vs Evil Dead has come to its unnatural conclusion, sad fans looking to fill the void with another mentally unhinged, aging antihero battling demons in a small town with a band of loyal misfits would be well-advised to investigate Stan Against Evil. The gross-out horror comedy calls the IFC Channel home and will kick off its 3rd season on Halloween (October 31, 2018). Indeed, the influence of Sam Raimi's seminal Evil Dead franchise seems woven into the series' DNA, making it worthy of investigation for any fan of practical effects and/or irreverent paranormal-themed comedy.
If you're late to the party, Season 1 of Stan Against Evil is currently available to stream on HULU and will be joined by Season 2 this August; if you can't wait, both seasons are available on demand via iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, and Xbox.
Here's the synopsis for what comes next:
Season 3 picks up immediately after the events of the Season 2 finale, with Stan (John C. McGinley) and Evie (Janet Varney) back in Willard's Mill dealing with the consequences of Stan traveling through time to save his dead wife Claire (Susan Williams). In doing so, he inadvertently opened a portal between the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead...allowing evil forces to truly take over the town and even some of its inhabitants. Although always the skeptic at first, Stan must work with Evie to once more save the town - even if it means making a literal deal with the devil.
Producers thrilled attendees of San Diego Comic-Con with a teaser trailer for Stan Against Evil Season 3; it features demons, vampires, and evil puppets (among many others terrifying menaces) unleashing mayhem upon Stan and his posse. The trailer came with a laundry list of guest stars set to appear throughout the season's 10-episode run; they include:
Scott Adsit (Big Hero 6, 30 Rock) as Bill, an apathetic demon-plumber who becomes intertwined with the Miller household.
Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite, Arrested Development) as Nurse Pickles, a stern, no-nonsense nurse who may not be as helpful as she seems.
Matt Braunger (Agent Carter, Up All Night) as Dr. Barlow, an earnest, academic-type surgeon at the local hospital.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, Neighbors) as Zach, a character in a popular fictional vampire show who makes a connection with Stan's daughter Denise.
Eddie Pepitone (Old School, The Muppets) as Lenny, a balding, middle-aged townie who, in a prior life, dressed up as a gorilla for local birthday parties.
Returning Stan Against Evil alum include Deborah Baker Jr. as Stan's daughter Dennise and Nate Mooney as Deputy Leon Drinkwater; David Koechner who played Evie's insufferable ex Kenny in a single Season 2 episode is also returning. Stan Against Evil is created, written and executive produced by Dana Gould, who shares EP credits with Tom Lassally, Frank Scherma, and Justin Wilkes. Series star John C. McGinley is also a producer.